Environmental “Bill Of Rights” Underway In New York

There is a movement among radical environmentalists and the climate clergy internationally and in dozens of American cities to protect “nature rights” in official public law. The movement has now taken hold in the New York state legislature, where a “Great Lakes Bill of Rights” has been proposed.

The bill provides that the Great Lakes themselves, as well as the entire watershed and waterways feeding the lakes, shall “possess the unalienable and fundamental rights” to exist and naturally evolve free of “human violations.” The bill expressly says that the “rights” of the lakes supersedes any human or corporate property rights. Any violations are to be “restored by culpable parties.”

The rights are defined as belonging to the entire ecosystem, including “communities of organisms” and soil in addition to actual waterways.

The bill could restrict virtually all human activity, including agriculture, recreation, water treatment, flood control and untold other uses. The bill would essentially leave the state government the only steward of any natural resources by destroying property rights.

The bill also creates a “right” for the lakes to be “free of toxic trespass.” The lakes and their watersheds will have the “right” not to be owned, privatized or monetized. That would include the “emancipation” from all vested property rights claims.

The law would also provide fines of $500 per violation per day plus any costs incurred by the state in “restoring affected systems.”

It is tempting to dismiss the Great Lakes Bill of Rights as a radical leftist publicity stunt, but similar measures have passed in American cities already. Toledo granted “rights” to Lake Erie as an entity, and Orange County in Florida was given “rights” to natural water. Those insane local ordinances were overturned by state law. However, the movement has found its first foothold in actual state government.

The time has come for the American legal system to declare that only natural human beings and their associations have standing in courts of law and that property rights in land and natural resources are the basic foundation of Western Civilization.